Today on Engaging Missions, we have an exciting episode all about networking in the Kingdom of God. Our friend, Aaron Babyar, comes back to talk about his own experiences with networking and how it works best. He ties in the importance of networking with Jesus’ prayer for unity, and he gives great insight into how unity is crucial for the Church.
Aaron spends some time sharing about his time as a youth pastor and how having a network brought him a lot of encouragement during ministry. Not only is networking important for pastors or ministers, but this is also relevant to those in the marketplace. When we realize the importance of unity, we can begin to live out Jesus’ prayer for believers in our own neighborhoods.
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What we talked about
- 00:30 – Episode summary
- 02:24 – Introduction
- 03:15 – The value of Biblical networking
- 07:31 – The power of unity in Christ
- 10:02 – What does “networking” mean?
- 13:49 – Replacing misconceptions about networking
- 15:29 – Ways to walk in unity through disagreement
- 17:42 – Foundational Missions Leadership Moment
- 22:53 – How to get connected with others
- 26:58 – Learning to give time for others
- 32:07 – Networking across denominations
- 33:35 – Building networks overseas
- 38:16 – Approaching networking holistically
- 42:15 – The need for marketplace ministry
- 44:35 – Releasing people into ministry
- 46:56 – Internet and book resources
- 49:14 – Parting advice and contact info
My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one—I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me. (John 17:20-23)
As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another (Proverbs 27:17)
Moses’ father-in-law replied, “What you are doing is not good. You and these people who come to you will only wear yourselves out. The work is too heavy for you; you cannot handle it alone. (Exodus 18:17-18)